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Course Outline

French 1 focuses on the key areas of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in French. Each lesson introduces new vocabulary and grammar concepts through listening comprehension, speaking, and writing activities. Students learn to talk about themselves and others, describe their surroundings and use numbers for dates and time. Regular verbs are introduced in the present tense. Simple grammatical structures are practiced in innovative and interesting ways with a variety of learning styles in mind. The course has been aligned to meet all national standards.


This course includes a broad series of lessons and activities that offer a variety of modalities for ultimate student engagement and content retention. Each unit contains a series of lessons that include introduction of content, virtual demonstration of that content, and repeated opportunity to practice that content, along with a quiz per lesson, exam per unit, and final exam at the end of the course.


French 1A


Module 1: Getting Acquainted


  • Examine adjectives of nationalities (application of basic gender rules)

  • Learnt he French alphabet (intonation/spelling marks/silent letters/final consonants)

  • Study French names

  • Count from 0 to 100

  • Learn French family terms

  • Learn different greetings (formal and informal)

  • Explore La Martinique as a French-speaking community


Module 2: Everyday Life


  • Learn thematic vocabulary of food and beverage

  • Examine expression of time (use of military time, days of the week, months of the year)

  • Learn the seasons/weather

  • Study the European money: Euros

  • Make comparison between American and French habits related to food

  • Examine the intonation of requests



Module 3: What we like to do


  • Describe everyday activities and chores, correctly using the verb faire

  • Ask about what somebody likes to do, and give an answer to the same

  • Ask and answer questions in the affirmative and the negative

  • Talk about how often they and others do activities, and ask others the same

  • Use avec with correct pronouns in offering and accepting or declining invitations

  • Express what they want and do not want, using direct and polite forms of vouloir

  • Conjugate –er verbs in the present tense, with personal pronouns (singular and plural)

  • Describe where they live and ask somebody for the same information (using the verb habiter)

  • Conjugate être (to be) in the singular and plural in the present tense

  • Ask and answer questions with qui and qu’est-ce que

  • Describe and ask about what they like and want to do, using vouloir and aimer, combining these with infinitive verb forms.

  • Ask somebody where he or she is and where he or she is going using être and aller


Module 4: Personal and Family Life


  • Describe and ask about colors and sizes, using grammatical agreement

  • Describe their personalities and what they look like

  • Describe their friends (physical and personality traits) and give their ages

  • Describe and ask about nationalities and languages

  • Talk about and ask about common object found in school and one’s roots

  • Identify common animals

  • Examine idiomatic expressions with the use of animal vocabulary in the language

  • Examine The verb “avoir” and its use/conjugation and the preposition of sapce

  • Examine Singular and plural nouns

  • Explore definite/Indefinite articles and their use

  • Examine formation and position of adjectives and “Il est” vs “c’est”

  • Explore the country of Haiti

  • Understand writing conventions (How to write a letter in French)


French 1B


Module 1: City life and urban activities


  • Ask for and give directions using descriptions of proximity and directional vocabulary

  • Identify common public buildings, places in town, and sections of town

  • Describe rooms in a house or apartment

  • Correctly use aller with à and a location to describe and ask where one is going

  • Correctly combine à with definite articles

  • Describe where they are using chez with correct syntax

  • Ask somebody where they are coming from, and give an answer to the same, using the verb venir

  • Correctly use emphatic pronouns

  • Use the verb aller with infinitive verbs to talk about what they will do in the near future

  • Correctly use possessive adjectives, in singular and plural

  • Describe more family relations (e.g. “cousin”, “nephew”)

  • Talk about friends and their families

  • Explore French cities and comparison with American urban life

  • Explore Paris and its different neighborhoods

  • Explore the French family and its dynamic

  • Understand the importance of pets in France

  • Explore the country: “La Belgique”


Module 2: Shopping


  • Describe a typical shopping experience at a clothing store, using the verb acheter correctly

  • Ask and descirbe personal preferences using the verb préférer correctly

  • Ask about and identify materials of which objects are made and brands, using demonstrative and relative pronouns correctly

  • Name and describe the clothes they wear

  • Talk about money and prices

  • Describe how clothing fits and looks, using irregular adjectives nouveau, beau, and vieux

  • Identify jewelry items and basic accessories

  • Use –ir and –re verbs in their conjugations, and the imperative mood

  • Identify similarities and differences in shopping between French and American stores, especially les soldes

  • Examine the conjugation of verbs at the present tense such as “mettre”, “preferer”, “acheter” or “vendre” (with an emphasis on the conjugation of the verbs ending in “re” and “ir”)

  • Examine use of irregular adjectives such as “beau/nouveau”

  • The interrogative adjective “quel”

  • Examine the use of the pronoun “on” and the formation of imperative

  • Making comparisons and their use in creating sentences

  • Explore French fashion

  • Make comparison between how teenagers spend their money in France and in the US.

  • Explore the country: “Algerie”


Module 3: Free time


  • Ask and answer questions about pastimes, identifying different common activities, such as sports and games

  • Identify times of day (e.g., morning, afternoon)

  • Ask others about playing instruments and sports using the verb jouer correctly, and answer the same questions posed to them

  • Identify general geographical features in discussing basic plans for traveling, such as “campagne” and “montagne”

  • Discuss travel plans using the verb voyager with the correct prepositions before the names of various countries or cities, and discuss modes of transportation

  • Ask and answer questions about entertainment preferences, chores, and routines

  • Ask somebody what he or she did in the recent past, using the passé composé of –er verbs correctly, and answering the same, in the affirmative and negative

  • Identify and correctly form the past participle of –er verbs and of some basic irregular verbs, such as boire

  • Form the passé composé where être is required, and correctly distinguish when it is required

  • Use negation in the passé composé

  • Correctly use general references such as quelqu’un or quelque chose and their opposites

  • Generally, narrate what happened in the past

  • Examine the use of the verb “faire” in idiomatic expressions such as “faire de” + sports

  • Understand negation with “ne…jamais”

  • Examine the verb “voir”

  • Examine the past tense (“le passé-composé) of the verbs ending in “er/ir/re”, its formation with the auxiliary “avoir” and “être”

  • Examine the expression with “quelqu’un/quelquechose” and their opposites

  • Explore the country: “Le Maroc”

  • Explore the French youth and the music


Module 4: Food and meals


  • Discuss and identify meals at different times of day, and what they eat at each

  • Identify basic fruits, vegetables, meats, bread, and beverages

  • Make a grocery list and do grocery shopping

  • Use pouvoir and devoir in the full present tense

  • Use the verb prendre correctly to express what a person will “have” at a restaurant

  • Identlfy and use direct object pronouns correctly

  • Name the items in a table setting

  • Use indirect pronouns correctly with imperative verb forms

  • Correctly use vouloir in all its forms to ask about what people want, and express their own wants

  • Correctly use the partitive article (du and de la) in questions, statement, and negation.

  • Conjugate dire, boire, and écrire correctly

  • Conjugate connaître correctly and differentiate meaning of “know” versus “be acquainted with” (savoir and connaître)

  • Examine partitive articles (“du” et “de la”) and its use

  • Examine the pronouns complements direct and indirect (“me/te/nous/vous/le/la/les/lui/leur”)

  • Understand the importance of meals for French people

  • Discuss cafeteria in schools, French cuisine, and French recipes


French 2:

Course Description:


French 2 is a continuation to the introduction to the French language and Francophone communities focusing on four modes of expression including: listening, speaking, writing, and reading. The main goal of this course is for students to develop, on a daily basis, receptive and productive skills that will allow them to communicate efficiently in French. Through age- and stage-appropriate thematic topics for French 2 such as: daily greetings, family, friends, leisure/hobbies, shopping and restaurants and authentic resources such as songs, movies and documentaries related to French culture, students learn to create more complex sentences using different tenses and moods (present, past tense, subjunctive present, conditional), when writing in short paragraphs and speaking and writing, they will comprehend important ideas and details in contextualized texts and become more accurate in written and oral expression.


This course includes a broad series of lessons and activities that offer a variety of modalities for ultimate student engagement and content retention. Each unit contains a series of lessons that include introduction of content, virtual demonstration of that content, and repeated opportunity to practice that content, along with a quiz per lesson, exam per unit, and final exam at the end of the course.


French 2A


Module 1: Who Am I?


  • Explore thematic vocabulary on nationalities and professions

  • Examine descriptive adjectives

  • Examine idiomatic expressions with “faire/être/avoir”

  • Explore use of “depuis” to express how long an action has been going on

  • Examine appropriate use of “c’est” vs “il est”

  • Examine the use of verbs “aller” and “venir de” + infinitive (to express intentions in near future and past actions)

  • Explore the different holidays in France


Module 2: The weekend


  • Explore thematic vocabulary on city and countryside

  • Examine expression of time: present, past, and future

  • Examine use of “il y a” in expression of time

  • Conjugate verbs “mettre, permettre, avoir, sortir, partir and dormir”

  • Use “passé-composé”and the auxiliary “avoir”

  • Use the auxiliary “être” in the “passé-composé”

  • Examine formation of the past participles

  • Explore questions with the “passé-composé”

  • Use impersonal expressions such as “quelqu’un, quelque chose, rien, personne” and their opposites


Module 3: Food and meals


  • Explore thematic vocabulary on food, beverages, and meals

  • Examine expression of quantities

  • Conjugate the present tense and use of the verbs “boire, preferer, vouloir, payer, acheter” (Related to making purchases)

  • Examine the partitive articles

  • Explore expressions of quantity with “de”

  • Examine construction of “il faut”

  • Express abilities with the verbs “pouvoir/devoir”

  • Explore cultural facts about where French people do their shopping


Module 4: Leisure time/Entertainment


  • Explore thematic vocabulary on free time, entertainment/genre of movies

  • Examine the pronoun’s complements and its use in imperative sentences

  • Conjugate the verb “connaitre” in the present tense

  • Examine agreement of the past participles with direct object pronouns

  • Conjugate the verbs “dire, lire, ecrire” in the present tense and past tense

  • Use indirect complement with verbs such as “ecrire a, acheter a”

  • Examine the difference in the use of verbs “savoir” and “connaitre”

  • Explore leisure activities of French youth

  • Explore the French cinema and history of Quebec

  • Explore La France d’Outre-mer



French 2B


Module 1: Health and the Body


  • Explore thematic vocabulary on sports, health, and the body

  • Examine adverbs of frequency

  • Examine reflexive verbs in the present and past tense related to daily routine

  • Explore the pronouns “y” and “en”

  • Examine imperative form of reflexive verbs

  • Conjugate the verb “courir” in the present tense

  • Explore expression related to health/aches


Module 2: Chez nous


  • Explore thematic vocabulary (house/furnishing)

  • The conjugation of the verb “ouvrir” in the present tense

  • Use of the relative pronoun’s “que” and “qui”

  • The formation of the imperfect tense and its difference with the “passé-composé”

  • The use of the imperfect in the narration of habitual events

  • Time expressions



Module 3: Fashion


  • Explore thematic vocabulary on stores, fashion, and clothes

  • Examine descriptive adjectives (size, color)

  • Explore numbers from 100 to 1,000,000 and write them using the French system

  • Understand adverbs and adjectives

  • Examine irregular adjectives

  • Examine comparatives such as “moins, plus, aussi”

  • Explore superlative forms

  • Use interrogative pronouns like “lequel”

  • Use demonstrative pronouns such as “celui/celle/celles/ceux”

  • Explore typical French, French youth and fashion

  • Examine French size system and comparison to the American system


Module 4: Travel


  • Explore thematic vocabulary on lodging, summer activities, travel arrangement, countries

  • Examine prepositions used with countries

  • Examine use of conditional in making polite requests

  • Explore construction of verb +a +infinitive and verb + de + infinitive

  • Conjugate the present tense and past tenses of the verbs, “recevoir” and “aperçevoir”.

  • Use future tenses in discussing vacation plans

  • Explore cultural facts about French people and holidays


French 3:

Course Overview

Students further deepen their understanding of French by focusing on the three modes of communication: interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational. Each unit consists of a variety of activities which teach the students how to understand more difficult written and spoken passages, to communicate with others through informal speaking and writing interactions, and to express their thoughts and opinions in both formal and informal spoken and written contexts. Students should expect to be actively engaged in their own language learning, use correct vocabulary terms and phrases naturally, incorporate a wide range of grammar concepts consistently and correctly while speaking and writing, participate in conversations covering a wide range of topics, respond appropriately to conversational prompts, analyze and compare cultural practices, products, and perspectives of various French-speaking countries, read and analyze important pieces of literature, and take frequent assessments where their language progression can be monitored. The course is conducted almost entirely in French. The course has been carefully aligned to national standards as set forth by ACTFL (the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages).

Course Length

Two Semesters


French II, or equivalent

Course Outline

The High School French III course helps students

  • Engage in language learning

  • Begin to prepare for the AP French test

  • Review and expand upon a wide range of grammar patterns

  • Participate in detailed conversations and respond appropriately to a variety of conversational prompts

  • Generate language incorporating advanced vocabulary and grammar patterns

  • Read, write, speak, and listen for meaning using advanced French

  • Analyze and compare cultural practices, products, and perspectives of various French-speaking countries

  • Regularly assess progress in proficiency through quizzes, tests, and speaking/writing submissions

Vocabulary Theme

  • Each unit covers a new set of vocabulary words pertaining to a particular theme. Vocabulary is first introduced in context through an interpretive listening or reading activity. Students then focus on selected words and work through several activities to learn the meaning of each word. Finally, students are presented with the complete passage again where they are then asked interpretive questions verifying their understanding of the passage. A printable vocabulary list is also provided.

Grammar Concept

  • Each unit introduces a new grammar pattern. The concept is first introduced in a contextualized situation and then presented in a multimedia grammar animation. The concept is then further practiced in several interactive activities throughout the unit. A printable explanation of the pattern is also provided.

Presentation of Culture through Culture Videos

  • In each unit students learn about various cultural aspects (e.g. practices, products, and perspectives) of a French-speaking country through short video presentations. These videos are presented in French.

Speaking and Writing

  • Students complete speaking and writing activities in each unit. These activities give students a chance to become more familiar with the speaking and writing patterns of French by applying them in communicative situations.


  • Listening and reading comprehension quizzes verify that students comprehend the main ideas and/or significant details of target language passages or conversations.

  • Culture comprehension quizzes verify that students have understood important concepts presented in the culture presentations.

  • Unit tests assess students' mastery of the vocabulary words and grammar concepts presented that unit. Each unit test also includes reading and listening comprehension questions and an oral or written assessment.

  • Midterm and Semester Exams are comprehensive in nature. Not only do they assess students' knowledge of the language, but they also assess students’ ability to produce the language in a communicative way. Midterms and Semester Exams include both oral and written assessments.

"Life-long Learner" Assignments

  • Each semester students are required to create a plan for incorporating French into their daily lives. They accomplish this by outlining the long-term benefits of learning French, by making goals for what they want to accomplish with their mastery of the language, and by creating a plan for accomplishing their goals.

"Explore" Activities

  • Students are provided a link to an article or audio source on the Internet where they can begin to explore the unit's topic. They are then asked to provide their opinions about the information presented to them.

Discussion Board Activities

  • There are two discussion board activities in each semester. These activities provide opportunities for students to interact with other students and practice their language.


  • Journal assignments allow students to make cultural comparisons, reinforce new vocabulary and grammar patterns, and practice communicating in the language. Many of the journal assignments have the students first interacting with authentic language sources from the Internet before they write or speak about the prompt provided in the assignment.


  • Pronunciation lessons are presented in short animation videos. These videos focus on the unique sounds of the language. Follow-up activities throughout the unit provide additional practices for students to improve their pronunciation skills.

Interpretive Communication Activities

  • In each unit students are presented with both print and audio sources to practice the interpretive mode of communication. Subsequent quizzes assess students' understanding of these passages. These activities are in preparation for those found on the AP test.

Interpersonal Communication Activities

  • In each unit students work through activities which allow them to practice their interpersonal communication skills in both speaking and writing. These activities are in preparation for those found on the AP test.

Presentational Communication Activities

  • In each unit students are presented print and audio sources from which they must synthesize information from both sources to answer specific questions. Students are asked to submit both speaking presentations and formal written essays. These activities are in preparation for those found on the AP test.

Semester 1







Unit 1

Love and Friendship  

The modern family

Present regular and irregular

Possessive adjectives and pronouns

Marriage in France

Liaison, stress, and intonation

Unit 2

Physical appearance



Asking Questions

Importance of fashion in France

Final consonants + H aspiré (when to pronounce them)

Unit 3

Life in High School

In class


Passé composé

High School System (comparison)

La révolution française

ə/ identification ə/ when to drop them and

/e/ vs /ɛ/

Unit 4

After school activities


Passé composé negation

Expressions of time

Summer & language camps

S vs. ss

Midterm Review and Test

Unit 5

Public and Private space

House chores

Passé composé vs. imperfect

Plural of composite nouns + prepositions

Public & private space in homes (comparison between U.S & France)

 /u/ vs /y/ and /w/ and /ɥ/

Unit 6

Relationship with food&

Regional cuisine

Articles Adverbs

Plus-que-parfait / indirect discourse

Meal rituals in French-speaking countries

History: Napoleon

open and closed vowel: /o/ vs /ɔ/ Open and closed ʺeuʺ

Unit 7

Public space


Direct and indirect object pronouns

y/en disjunctive pronouns + order of pronouns

The Paris subway

Nasal vowels: /ɑ̃/ vs. /ɔ̃/ vs. /œ̃/ + denasalisation

Unit 8

Project Unit


Study abroad

Geographical prepositions




Final Review and Test


Semester 2






Unit 9

The Arts-different styles and movements


Savoir vs. Connaître



Architecture styles of French houses

Plus, and plus (when to pronounce the final s)

Unit 10

Modern technology and internet

The internet, the law, and our rights

Relative pronouns

Tout and its various forms

Media and social networks

Difficult letters x, y, & z

Unit 11

The written press


The passive voice

Present and past conditional

+ hypotheses

History: WW2

La chanson de Roland (Epic poem)

Spelling & pronunciation differences

Unit 12

The medical system in France

At the doctor’s office

Present participles and


Cardinal and

ordinal numbers

Health in France

Numbers 5, 6, 8 and 10 pronunciation rule

Midterm Review and Test

Unit 13

The protection of our environment


Subjunctive: what is it + how to form it

Subjunctive with irregular verbs

Trash separation and disposal

S sounds in -tion, -sion, -ssion, -xion, and sc words

Unit 14

Social challenges

Immigration and


When to use the subjunctive +

Past subjunctive

Impersonal expressions

Colonialism and its consequences in modern life

K, ck, ch words

Unit 15

College preparation

The importance of learning a foreign language

Expressions that indicate the future tense + near future

Infinitives preceded by à, de or nothing + the past infinitive

History: May 1968

Les Grandes Ecoles (Ivy league and specialized schools)

French & francophone accents

Unit 16

Project Unit

Looking for a job

Jobs of the future

Nouns that change in masc. & fem.

Simple future + anterior future



Final Review and Test

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